Snapshot: Roommate Selection

By Ben Greer and John Hazelton

The college process is one of the most stressful experiences that a high-schooler goes through, but arguably one of the most important decisions occurs after you have already made your college decision: roommate selection. Today, the roommate selection process has become more complex, with several different selection options, including choosing someone you already know, finding someone through a Facebook group, being randomly matched with the help of a survey, or getting a single room.

One of the less popular methods is rooming with someone who you already know. This route, however, is being taken by close friends Gordon Granger (’16) and Dalton Ruh (’16). Ruh says, “I was really excited when Gordon and I decided to room together. We both want the same thing out of college, and this way I will be familiar with my roommate and won’t have to deal with the process of finding someone random. Since I am rooming with someone I am close with, I know we will get a long and have a lot of fun.”

Another more rare medium of selection is getting a single room, which is more common at Washington & Lee, where Jed Londrey (’16) will be attending this fall. “It’ll be like my little quiet place, so I can really focus on my studies. I won’t have to worry about having a roommate who I don’t get along with.”

“I feel like the random roommate process seems to generally go better. I think I’ve heard more success stories of students going random, whereas rooming with someone you know can be more hit or miss,” states college counselor Kim Ball. Colleges have worked hard to make sure their random process produces successful results.

The most common form of selection these days is going through colleges’ Facebook pages to find a roommate with similar interests. According to Thompson Oney (’16), “The advantage of rooming with someone you don’t know is that you don’t have expectations going in, so you won’t be disappointed.”

All in all, it is hard to know if your roommate selection will work out, but regardless, it is not a defining choice of your college experience.

Featured image courtesy of Universal Pictures.



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